Winter season on the Stephen Joseph stage

The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, by night. 084591a'in News         07/11/08     pic by Andrew Higgins
The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, by night. 084591a'in News 07/11/08 pic by Andrew Higgins
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The winter season at the Stephen Joseph Theatre has been unviled and includes Pam Ayres and a play starring Richard Gaunt and Haydn Gwynne.

Maggie Steed and Northern Broadsides are also included in the programme.

Chris Monks, the new artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, who is taking over from Sir Alan Ayckbourn (who is retiring from the position, though will continue to be involved with the theatre).    090707g'in News    09/02/09    pic by Andrew Higgins

Chris Monks, the new artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, who is taking over from Sir Alan Ayckbourn (who is retiring from the position, though will continue to be involved with the theatre). 090707g'in News 09/02/09 pic by Andrew Higgins

The Alan Ayckbourn double bill of Absurd Person Singular and his 76th play Surprises continue in repertory until October 13.

Northern Broadsides return with A Government Inspector from October 16 to 20. This is a tale of misdeeds, misadventure and mistaken identity. Adapted from Nikolai Gogol’s play by Deborah McAndrew and directed by Conrad Nelson, this is another production from the team behind Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

Poet Pam Ayres brings her latest show to the venue on Movember 2 and 3. Following the show Pam will be signing copies of her autobiography which has been released in paperback.

Multi-award winning comedy duo LipService present Inspector Norse on November 6 and 7. This Swedish crime thriller has a partially knitted set and there will be a Knit and Natter event on October 23 to create items to decorate it.

Haydn Gwynne and William Gaunt star in Duet For One which runs from November 12 to 17. Directed by Robin Herford, who helmed The Woman In Black, Tom Kempinski’s multi-award winning play returns to the stage with this major UK tour. Resonant with echoes of the life of cellist Jacqueline du Pré, Duet For One leads celebrated concert violinist Stephanie Abrahams through a series of highly-charged encounters with her doctor, Alfred Feldmann as she is forced to re-evaluate her life aafter being struck with illness.

Jerome K Jerome’s classic tale Three Men in a Boat is brought to the stage by the Original Theatre Company. Keeping audiences laughing for well over a century, this tale of boating misadventure has become the quintessential example of the charm and wit of Victorian England. It runs from November 19 to 22.

Christmas sees Cinderella given a seaside twist for its run from November 27 until 15 December.

Stephen Joseph’s artistic director Chris Monks directs Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest which runs from December 18 until January 5.

One-nighters inclue Maggie Steed with Ensemble 360 in a semi-staged performance of In A Paris Salon on December 5.